ARCADIA, Calif. (June 9, 2016)–With a suicidal speed duel on from the outset, Thursday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature appeared over with a furlong to run, as Dr. Go took command but the longshot faltered badly late, enabling late running Silver Spirit to get up by a head over a resurgent Prime Issue. Ridden by Edwin Maldonado and trained by Karen Headley, Silver Spirit, a 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Tapit, came from last to first and covered one mile in 1:36.55.
Breaking from the rail, Silver Spirit was last around the Club House turn and began to make up ground heading into the far turn. When Dr. Go faltered badly the last sixteenth of a mile, Silver Spirit was able to take full advantage.
Well beaten at the same level going a mile on turf Feb. 28, Silver Spirit was off at 10-1 in a field of six California-bred or sired horses three and up and paid $22.40, $6.80 and $3.80.
Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Marsha Naify, Silver Spirit got his second win from 11 career starts. With the winner’s share of $34,800, he increased his earnings to $99,485.
In an amazing performance, Prime Issue, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano and was entered for an optional claiming tag of $20,000, broke running from post position two and was immediately engaged by Start a Runnin, who broke from the five post and was ridden by apprentice Chad Lindsay. The pair raced as a team to the quarter pole and Prime Issue battled back at the rail but lost a heartbreaker.
The second choice at 8-5, Prime Issue paid $3.60 and $3.20 and in a three-way shake, was claimed by trainer Jerry Wallace.
The longest shot in the field, Dr. Go, with Santiago Gonzalez up, finished a neck behind Prime Issue and paid $5.80 to show.
Although he had plenty of pace to run at, 7-5 favorite Matriculate never threatened the top three and finished fourth under Tyler Baze.
Fractions on the race were 21.99, 44.83 and 1:09.95.
Racing resumes with an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita. First post time is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.